This was originally published in August 2011 as a follow-up to the earlier el Clasico series. Real Madrid faces FC Barcelona this Wednesday, 18 January 2012, from el Estadio Bernabeu. The return leg will take place on 25 January 2012 from the Camp Nou. GolTV will provide live coverage at 4:00 p.m. Eastern and 1:00 p.m. Pacific time both days.
2011 Spanish Super Cup: Barcelona Wins
The two Spanish rivals will meet in a two-legged Super Cup. The first game will be on Sunday from the Santiago Bernabeu and the return match will be on Wednesday from the Camp Nou. Below the fold is el clasico coverage from earlier this year.
First leg at the Santiago Bernabeu: 2 (Ozil, Alonso) - 2 (Villa, Messi)
Second leg at the Camp Nou: 3 (Iniesta, Messi 2) - 2 (Ronaldo, Benzema)
Jose Mourinho: "About 'Pito' Vilanova or how you call this one, I have nothing to hide. The cameras saw everything." Marca.com
Jose Mourinho was asked about image of his players, himself and Madrid at end of game? "My players? Me? I don't know Vilanova..." He walked out.
Pep Guardiola was asked about Mourinho and his face tightened in anger. "I don't want to talk about Mourinho or enter into this argument."
Pep Guardiola: "I'm proud how we won. Intensity of game. Great result. Dynamic spirit. Against a strong rival. Merited by all my players."
--- Last three quotes courtesy of Premium Calcio which I translated from the Italian.
League Match in 2010: FC Barcelona 5 - Real Madrid 0
Last Saturday marked the first of four "el clasico" Spanish derbies in the span of 18 days between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.
League Match in 2011: Real Madrid 1 - Barcelona 1
16 April 2011: Real Madrid 1 x FC Barcelona 1: La Liga: 2100 GMT. Pep Guardiola had defeated Real Madrid five times since 2008.
Copa del Rey Final: Barcelona 0 - Real Madrid 1 AET
20 April 2011: FC Barcelona 0 x Real Madrid 1 AET: Copa del Rey from Valencia: 2030 GMT. This is their first meeting in the King's Cup final since 1990. (Barca won.)
Champions League Semi-final: Real Madrid 0 - Barcelona 2
27 April 2011: Real Madrid x FC Barcelona: UEFA Champions League semi-final: 1945 GMT. This is their first meeting at the semifinal stage of the competition since 2002. (Madrid won.)
"El equipo ha estado mucho más agresivo y Keita nos ha dado la vida para contrarestar el poderoso juego aéreo del Madrid."
"The team was much more aggressive and Keita gave us a lifeline to counteract the powerful aerial game of Madrid."
"Sí, ya estamos eliminados."
"Yes, we are already eliminated."
"Guardiola es un fantástico entrenador pero ha ganado una Champions que a mi me daría vergüenza ganar con el escándalo de Stamford Bridge."
"Guardiola is a fantastic coach but he won a UCL Cup that would have made me ashamed to win with the scandal at Stamford Bridge."
"No me gusta jugar así, pero tengo que adaptarme".
"I don't like to play like this but I have to adapt myself."
Source of Spanish text: Marca.com, 28 April 2010.
Champions League Semi-final: Barcelona 1 - Real Madrid 1
3 May 2011: FC Barcelona x Real Madrid: UEFA Champions League semi-final: 1945 GMT.
"Jugando once contra once el Madrid no tuvo complejos. Nos vamos orgullosos por haber peleado hasta el final".
"Playing 11 v. 11, Real Madrid didn't have complexes. We're going out proudly for having fought to the end."
Source: Marca.com, 3 May 2011.
Aitor Karanka on Sky was asked about Higuain's goal:
"100 million people saw it." Did he speak to Mou re: subs? "We spoke before the game."
"Era Misión imposbile 4. La próxima temporada es mejor que le den al Barcelona la copa directamente".
"It was Mission Impossible 4... Next season, it's better that they give Barcelona the Cup directly."
Source: Marca.com, 3 May 2011.
Josep Guardiola on Eric Abidal
"Es un chico muy fuerte... Solamente él, con su fuerza de voluntad, podía hacer esto".
Source: Clarin of Buenos Aires, 3 May 2011.
"He's a very strong guy. Only he, with his strength of desire, could have done this."La Liga Table
Image courtesy of GolTV.
GolTV will provide their usual excellent coverage of Spanish futbol with Juan Arango, Ray Hudson, Phil Schoen and the rest of their team. They are broadcasting special historical features as a build-up to the games.
Image courtesy of Forza Futbol.
Forza Futbol: A Better Lens at Spanish Football is a great site by Elisa and Armando about La Liga and La Furia Roja.
Image courtesy of FSC.
Fox Soccer Channel will provide detailed UEFA Champions League coverage with Warren Barton, Christoper Sullivan and Eric Wynalda.
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